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The Tale of the Exceptional Mashed Potatoes

I did a great gig with one of my favorite bands this past weekend, performing at a Wedding Reception in Rancho Santa Fe.

They fed the band so that was great.

Being Vegan I have to watch what I eat these days, as my body has developed sensitivities (or allergies) to any foods with animal products in them, such as hidden foods like butter, milk and cheese.

We had some meat dish which I had forgotten exactly what is was (understandable, of course), but I thought I could have the mashed potatoes and fresh garden-style salad.

The garden salad had bits of cheese in it, so I was doing my best to avoid them and set the cheese to the side of the plate.

The mashed potatoes, I assumed, were Vegan. And that’s where my big mistake was, in assuming they were Vegan. In the end, they weren’t and I now am almost sure they had butter and/or milk in it. I know this because the day after the wedding reception I would expect to be a little tired because it was a long day. But, I was absolutely lethargic well beyond my usual tiredness after a gig.

I was trying to rationalize the possibilities… it was a long gig, I didn’t get home until well after 12 midnight, it was a rather hot day and we performed outside… I was trying to run down the list of possibilities for being this exceptionally tired.

So, my sudden realization was that the mashed potatoes weren’t entirely Vegan! I should’ve known better, actually.

And now I’ll know to be more careful in the future.

And other people might not think nothing of it, but being Vegan, I need to really ask about the food being offered to me.

This reminds me of the first time I got a Chocolate Banana Smoothie from Starbucks, and how I didn’t know it contained whey protein because I didn’t ask. After having to make repeat visits to the bathroom and having upset stomach issues, I know better now.

The thing is, my body will know if I am getting animal foods now, and will react negatively to it.

Is this because I have a much cleaner diet now?

Or is this simply because my body can’t handle the milk, dairy and eggs now?

So, now I’m at a point where I can’t eat animal products without suffering the consequences.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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